GNYCC Black History Month Trailblazer Awards

At a holiday networking event on December 1 at the landmark GNYCC building, The Greater New York Commerce held a surprise press conference to announce plans for a Black History Month celebration on February 29.

The Living Legend Awards event is GNYCC’s way of honoring true legends of Black history, with the double Emmy Award-winning T.V. journalist and former vice president of Fox Channel Five, Bill McCreary at the top of the list.

The GNYCC is honoring McCreary with the Trailblazer Award for opening paths for the multicultural community.

The Chamber is also honoring the 15-year-old African American Women In Cinema, for the trailblazing work of the distinguished filmmaking association.

A special Black History Month 2012 culminating event will also be produced for Internet-TV billed as, “GNYCC Presents – the Bill McCreary Tribute.”

The star-studded event will highlight the ‘Who’s Who’ in T.V., radio and print journalism, city and state politics, dignitaries from the U.N.’s diplomatic corps, the GNYCC and other major chambers of commerce, and other recognizable historical figures.

Upon completion, the program will be accessible on the Internet from early March through Nov. 15, 2012, marking the official 15th anniversary of platinum trailblazer honorees, the “African American Women In Cinema.”

GNYCC’s 15th annual red-carpet celebration will also be produced for the same Inernet television medium up the end of Black History Month 2013.

For this massive undertaking GNYCC is featuring three sponsorship options for interested corporations: Platinum, Gold and Silver. To learn about the benefit differences between the sponsorship options please call the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce headquarters at (212) 686 – 7220 and ask for Mr. Kim E. Fuller or Ms. Tanya L. Phillips.

Potential golden awardees desiring consideration for inclusion in the event are also advised to reach out to the chamber planning committee members mentioned above.

Tickets can be reserved by contacting any staff member of GNYCC at (212) 686 – 7220 or by contacting the chamber at their website at

Living Legends Awardees:

Historic Trail Blazer – Living Legend

William “Bill” Mccreary

AAWIC President, Ms. Terra Renee.

Multi – Cultural Media.

NY Beacon

Walter Smith – Publisher

Miatta Smith – Publisher

Don Thomas – Entertainment Editor

Edna Sarr – Support Staff

Hazel Smith – General Editor

Carib News

Karl Rodney

Faye Rodney

Caribbean Life

Kenton Kirby

The Diasporan Star

Ekrete Udoh

Amsterdam News

William “Bill” Tatum (Posthustumously)

Elinor Tatum

Chamber Of Commerce – Presidents

Anthony Adjasse – Allied African Nations Chamber Of Commerce

Roy Hastick – Caribbean American Chamber Of Commerce

Brian Figeroux – New American Chamber Of Commerce

Robin Douglas – Westchester African American Chamber Of Commerce

Lloyd Williams – Harlem Chamber Of Commerce


Mayor David Dinkins

Govenor David Patterson

Secy of State Basil Patterson

Senator John Sampson

U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall

First African American Woman VP of Fox Channel Five

First African American Executive Produer Of A MaInstream Program

Ms. Gwen Barrett

Broadway Producer

Vy Higgensen

Judicial Honoree

Justice Silvia Hinds Radix

Brooklyn District Attorneys Office

Mr. Lance Ogiste

Tuskegee Airmen

Hon. Percy Sutton – Posthustumously

Dr, Roscoe Lee Brown

Col. Lee Archer – Posthostumously

African Peoples Council Founder / President/ CEO

Ms. Julie Edo

Inner City Broadcasting President – Legacy Award

Mr. Pierre Sutton


The Mighty Sparrow

The Lord Defender